Gas Extracted from Clover by Inexpensive Process (Nov, 1936)

Gas Extracted from Clover by Inexpensive Process

Claimed to be commercially practical, a process for extracting gas from roadside clover has been discovered by two Minnesota chemists. After manufacturing gas in their plant for several months, the chemists announced that 3,000 acres of clover would be sufficient for making a year’s supply of gas for St. Paul’s domestic and industrial users.

  1. Anne says: July 16, 20084:07 am

    Are there even 3000 acres of clover in the entire world? Sounds pretty impractical to me. Which is why we don’t have that today, no doubt.

  2. Czar says: July 16, 20084:50 am

    Well, this is yet a good news. At least, humans have already found a lot of alternative fuel sources!

    But I think 3,000 acres of clover is way too big and not practical.

  3. pryapart says: July 16, 200812:00 pm

    3000 acres isn’t all that much – less than 5 square miles. Plentiful in farmland USA. Clover – also plentiful in ‘anywhere’ USA. Grows like a weed in my yard…wait…it IS a weed!!!! I’ll ship some to Minnesota…

  4. Blurgle says: July 16, 200812:04 pm

    Really? 3,000 acres is excessive? 3,000 acres is only four and three-quarters sections, the size of a medium-size farm in Alberta. There used to be a farm here that had 45,000 acres under tillage.

    I suspect, though, that growing clover was at the time much more expensive than producing natural gas, especially given the fact that the prairies were in the middle of the greatest drought ever seen. By the time the war was over and the farmers came home, natural gas from Texas (and later from Canada) made biofuels uneconomical.

  5. Tracy B. says: July 16, 200812:46 pm

    Sounds like the typical anaerobic decay that produces methane at a typical landfill dump. Many dumps are set up to recover this gas. Aerobic process would produce compost.

    This could be also similar to the producer gas generator, which was used during wwII in areas were petrol was expensive.

  6. Toronto says: July 17, 200811:45 am

    Cattle are pretty efficient at converting clover to gas. It’s the containment and recovery that are the issue.

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